One of the nice things about having Ballet Atlantic in downtown New Rochelle, in addition to its great new facility and easy access, is the fact that we can conveniently visit restaurants and stores during our children’s classes and also run errands with our kids after class. One of my very favorite post ballet excursions with my children is a walk to Merry-Go-Round Toy Store which has been a fixture at 188 North Avenue for 60 years. It has been popular among families for six decades because it remains fully stocked year round, not just during the holidays, offers competitive prices, and for me, most importantly, is child friendly and offers knowledgeable service. For us busy parents, it is also open seven days a week, and oh, provides free gift wrapping. What more could a parent want?Read more
This morning there was yet another incident at the corner of Huguenot Street and Division Street where pedestrians are getting knocked down, street signs and storefront awnings are being ripped down and, today, a street crossing sign was knocked over following a "hit and run" collision on the east side of what is becoming one of the most dangerous intersections in the City of New Rochelle.
After striking the crossing sign, the driver of the vehicle drove off. A City worker was on the scene this morning marking off the area from pedestrian traffic.
Talk of the Sound has been seeking comment from Cappelli Enterprises since last week.
Today we got an answer.
"The company has no comment at this time".
And so it ends, not with a bang but a whimper.Read more
In the December 30, 2010 issue of the Westchester Guardian
According to New Rochelle City Manager Chuck Strome) the accomplishments of the BID (Business Improvement District) are the Facade Program and efforts to fill two stores on Main Street. Strome, a member of the BID, on WVOX (12/14/10) cited Consignment on Main and the moving of another store recently displaced by a proposed CVS to the former Palace store on Main Street. When Commissioner of Finance, Howard Rattner, another member of the BID, was asked about New Rochelle's financing of the BID, he stated $436,000 tax levy is collected by the City and is remitted back to the BID. Also, the City contributed $115,000 for the downtown cleaning program. While the City Council continues to delay a second vote on the BID initiated charges for charging for night time parking in city lots, their faith in Ralph DiBart, the BID Executive Director, remains undiminished. When the 2011 City budget was approved, it included $52,000 for DiBart. The $52,000 is now paid directly from the City budget because this expense is no longer eligible from a Community Block grant.Read more
Two downtown retailers have begun preparations for moving out. "Things for Kids", a children's furniture store and "The Loop" a sneaker and activewear store on North Avenue, have posted signs indicating that they are leaving.
CVS will be moving into downtown New Rochelle after these two retailers vacate.
In the storefront windows of the "The Loop" passers-by can see that there are "16 days left". At "Things for Kids" there is a "Huge Moving Sale".
The BID has some great happenings going on this holiday season
Celebrate the Holidays Downtown with Lights, the Nutcracker, Crafts, Music and Family Events
Start this special month with Father Francis Maurice, Rabbi Amiel Wohl and Reverend Allen Weaver welcoming Christmas, Chanukah and Kwanza with benedictions and song at the always popular Holiday Lighting at Memorial Plaza. Santa Claus will make a special guest appearance and then move to New Roc City on weekends where Santa will hear children’s holiday wishes and for family photos.
Don’t let your children miss the Downtown performances of Ballet Atlantic’s 36th Annual Nutcracker Ballet. Older holiday revelers can join New Rochelle’s renown jazz musician Brian Carter and his Trio at an open Holiday Jazz Jam at McKiernan’s Lawton Street Tavern.Read more
A woman waiting at the bus stop on Main Street across from Memorial Plaza, in front of the Habitat for Humanity Re-Store was seriously injured by flying glass after a violent collision involved a sports car driving at high speed through the busy shopping area. The operator of the vehicle, described as "a young man, possibly white or hispanic" by a witness, drove a Red Ford Mustang Hardtop with Sports Package into the back of a Red Chevy SUV causing a collision which also involved a Silver Toyota Avalon sedan. The vehicles came within a few feet of striking pedestrians on the sidewalk including several people at the bus stop.
"It's a miracle no one was killed," said downtown fixture Jim Killorin, Executive Director of Habitat for Humanity Westchester which operates the "Re-Store" shop where the collision occurred.Read more